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HOUND HOSPITALITY: Chris Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, which owns the Newport inn Paws on Pelham, greets Wally, a goldendoodle, in the lobby. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Newport bed and breakfast is all about dogs

An all-dog inn? Christopher Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, wasn’t the one who came up with the idea. But Paws on Pelham, a...
MAN OF NOTE: Joel Hanks, far right, a bassist in a Sublime cover band called Badfish, has launched Providence Music Group, a boutique management agency. The other members of Badfish are, from left, Scott Begin and Patrick Downes. / COURTESY CHAD MARTEL

Rock ’n’ rock band member launches R.I. boutique agency to manage...

Driving the breadth of the country to perform in rock ’n’ roll shows, booking venues for gigs, managing every aspect of a touring music...
GOOD OUTCOME: Roberta Powell developed the idea for a smartphone app, Q2Q Health, after a close call with a prescription medication. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Q2Q app can spot errors in medication dosages

Roberta Powell was undergoing breast cancer treatment in 2005 when she caught a dosage mistake for one of her medications at her pharmacy. Shaken,...
HE’S GAME: Chris Menta’s Richmond Farms Fresh Market offers the typical and not-so-typical staples, such as elk and buffalo meat. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

This market is a second option in rural Richmond

Where can you find packaged venison, fresh vegetables and imported Italian pastas, among other staples? In Richmond, a small town where, until recently, a...
KID GLOVES: Team Rockstar Sports co-owners Rose Molina, front left, and Luis Feliz, back left, work at their gym with Christian Perriera, front, and Brody Henrique. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Co-owners of Team Rockstar Sports are a good one-two combo

What happens when a mixed martial arts fighter and licensed social worker team up? You get Team Rockstar Sports LLC, a small Providence-based business venture...
CULTURED WORKPLACE: Brendan Breen has developed a way for quahogs to produce pearls, which he plans to sell overseas or to jewelry makers closer to home. 
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Using clams, URI student produces pearl of a business idea

A COMMERCIAL QUAHOGGER since he was 14, Brendan Breen knew that the clams don’t often produce pearls. The discovery of such a gem in...
BRANCHING OUT: Paul Jones says he worked in senior care management at several assisted-living facilities before starting his own business.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Care Concierge advises seniors, families on assisted-living facilities

THE SEARCH for an assisted-living apartment can seem overwhelming to families. Often, they are under time pressures and unfamiliar with the options. Paul Jones, who...
STANDING READY: STANDING READY: United Community Martial Arts owner Thomas M. Evans, left, with his father, Thomas D. Evans. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New spin for martial arts studio

PART OF MARTIAL ARTS is about reinventing yourself – as a more disciplined, physically fit, respectful person. Not to mention being more capable of...
ATTENTION-GETTER: Nikki Vergakes has launched Cultivated Content, a service that will manage social media accounts on behalf of businesses. 
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Postings that build customers

NIKKI VERGAKES KNOWS that managing social media accounts, building an online presence and attracting ideal customers is vital for new businesses. She also knows...
NEW MARKET: Hassan Namat-Ullah is a co-owner of the new University Mart on Empire Street in Providence. The market features snack foods, bottled soda, milk and some perishables, as well as CBD products and a Bitcoin machine.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Market aims to connect with campus

A FRESH LOOK along with a fresh cup of coffee is what’s in store at University Mart. The independently owned convenience store had a...
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